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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
Pastor John has also written this accompanying 30-Day Live To Give Daily Devotional Guide to supplement the weekend messages.
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- Live to Give Devotionals
- Live to Give – Oct 31
- Live to Give – Nov 1
- Live to Give – Nov 2
- Live to Give – Nov 3
- Live to Give – Nov 4
- Live to Give – Nov 5
- Live to Give – Nov 6
- Live to Give – Nov 7
- Live to Give – Nov 8
- Live to Give – Nov 9
- Live to Give – Nov 10
- Live to Give – Nov 11
- Live to Give – Nov 12
- Live to Give – Nov 13
- Live to Give – Nov 14
- Live to Give – Nov 15
- Live to Give – Nov 16
- Live to Give – Nov 17
- Live to Give – Nov 18
- Live to Give – Nov 19
- Live to Give – Nov 20
- Live to Give – Nov 21
- Live to Give – Nov 22
- Live to Give – Nov 23
- Live to Give – Nov 24
- Live to Give – Nov 25
- Live to Give – Nov 26
- Live to Give – Nov 27 Has your life ever been enriched by being in a hurry?
- Live to Give – Nov 28
- Live to Give – Nov 29
Friday-November 27 | Daily Devotional 28
“The most important aspect of tithing and stewardship is not the raising of money for the church, but the development of devoted Christians.”
Fred M. Wood
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Bob Benson tells a story of being asked to speak at his son’s graduation. He went out and bought a new suit and vest. After he spoke, one of his son’s friends said to him, “Great talk, Mr. Benson, but you might want to check your vest. I don’t think it’s buttoned right.” Bob Benson looked down and sure enough the first button wasn’t fastened. The second button was where the first button should be, and his whole vest was cockeyed!
Life can be like that. If you get the top button right, the rest falls into place. You get the top button wrong, it’s easy to look silly. That’s why Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Most of us know what our priorities ought to be: God first, family second, job third, recreation fourth. But in this materialistic world, it’s so easy to get our priorities inverted. We get caught up in the hurry and worry for more possessions, more status, more toys and recreation and life quickly gets out of balance. Someone once said that three words describe our modern lifestyle: hurry, worry and bury.
Dallas Willard wrote in his book, Renovation of the Heart: “Our soul is like a stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other area of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. Therefore we are in harmony with God, reality, and the rest of human nature and nature at large.”
Has your life ever been enriched by being in a hurry? Can you think of one time when hurrying or worrying made any meaningful contribution to your life? Why do we do it so much then?
Father, help me slow down, even if just for this moment, to be with You. One thing I know, Lord, You are not in a hurry. You lead me beside quiet waters. You restore my soul. May these images come to mind quickly and often this day. Would You allow Jesus’ words of seeking You first to settle over my soul and lead me in paths that are both right and refreshing. I ask this through Jesus, Amen.